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DR. ROBERT STONE and KIMBER BEACHY in South Bend Tribune:

Here in Indiana, Indianapolis-based Anthem/ WellPoint reported fourth quarter profits of $2.7 billion — despite losing 1.4 million customers in 2009. Premiums are up, and the stock price has more than doubled since last March. WellPoint announced premium increases for 2010 in the double digits in 11 states, including a 21 percent increase in Indiana.

WellPoint's profits are soaring as a million fewer people are covered and existing customers are charged more. There's something wrong when a health care system is designed to improve profits by denying necessary and life-saving care.

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Olympics and abuse of police power

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Meanwhile in Pennsylvania...

Pennsylvania Republicans Warm to Single Payer

The Pennsylvania Senate is controlled by Republicans.

There are fifty seats in the Senate.

Thirty of the Senators are Republican.

And twenty are Democrat.

Single payer activists in Pennsylvania are passing around a resolution in the Senate.

The resolution calls for a study of the economic impact of a single payer health care system in Pennsylvania.

So far, 10 out of the 30 Republican Senators have signed onto the resolution.

Eighteen of the 20 Democrats have signed on.

How did single payer activists get ten Senate Republicans to support a study of single payer?

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Extending the dirty war act

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One of these things is not like the other


Progressive Congress Action Fund Board of Directors

* Robert Borosage – Founder and Co-director of Campaign for America’s Future
* Wes Boyd – Co-Founder of
* Howie Klein – Board member of People for the American Way, blogger at Down With Tyranny!
* Celinda Lake – Principal at Lake Research Partners
* Mike Lux – Board member of nearly everything progressive, former Clinton White House staffer
* Heather Parton – Blogger at Digby’s Hullaballoo
* James Rucker – Executive director, Color of Change
* Pam Spaulding – Blogger at Pam's House Blend
* Michael Wolkowitz – Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

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Why can't we do that?

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Why do we tolerate health insurance parasites?


if gov tried raising taxes 39% there would be riots, but if it goes to Anthem CEO pay it's OK? We need single payer.

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Candidate Paulette Garin calls for single payer

Janesville Gazette

A probable opponent for Ryan in the fall elections, Paulette Garin of Kenosha, agreed her party’s bills is wrongheaded, but for much different reasons than Ryan.

Garin supports a “single-payer” system of health insurance, the single payer being the government. Garin said that’s the only humane, workable solution, but it’s an idea Congressional Democrats abandoned months ago.

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Medicare for All protest in front of Blair House

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Interview with Donna Smith and Dr. Mandy Cohen

This will disappoint single payer advocates, but worth seeing.

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Organizing the unemployed

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Perpetuating the public option hoax

There is no public option.

Chris Bowers

We have been counting votes here on Open Left. With the addition of Senator Inoyue this morning, there are now 25 Senators on the record as favoring passing a public option through reconciliation. Tom Carper is about ready to make it 26. Six are opposed, and six others are likely supporters.

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Action Alert: Sidewalk Summit Feb 25 in front on the White House

February 25, 2010 – Washington, DC

Sidewalk Summit for Improved Medicare for All

Meet us at 9 AM at the White House. Specific meet up details here.

Sidewalk summits hare happening in a dozen other cities. Check here for updates on when and where. Read below the fold...

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Move your money while you still can

Citi Group Warns Customers: May Refuse Withdrawals

"Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change," Citigroup said on statements received by customers all over the country.

What's going on? It seems that this is something of an error. The seven day notice policy only applies to customers in Texas, Ira Stoll reports at The Future of Capitalism. It was accidentally included on customer statements nationwide.

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